If you have had sex without contraception, including the withdrawal method, or think your method might have failed, there are different types of emergency contraception you can use.

Clinic staff will be happy to help with this and will also advise on restarting your contraception or choosing the right contraception for you to reduce your future unwanted pregnancy risk. The staff will also advise you about when to return for pregnancy testing and testing for STI’s and how to protect yourself in the future.

Condoms are supplied free from the clinic.

LNG Pill

An emergency contraceptive pill containing levonorgestrel – commonly called the “morning after pill”, can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after sex. It is more effective the earlier it is taken after sex. This is available from the Choices clinic, Orchard clinic, your GP can give you a prescription or you can buy it from a pharmacy. There are different brands, such as Levonelle and Upostelle, which all work the same way.

ellaOne Pill

An emergency contraceptive pill containing ulipristal acetate – can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after sex. This is also available from the Choices clinic, Orchard clinic, with a prescription from your GP or to buy from a pharmacy. ellaOne is the only brand available in the UK.

An IUD – Coil

An IUD – can be fitted up to five days after sex, or up to five days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulation) and is the most effective type of emergency contraception. Please see the clinic doctors or your GP for this option.